ARYN ZEV – Peepholes

by Red Cell

Primarilly known for her video art / performance art work, this series of photos by artist Aryn Zev stand out as an interesting side project. Check out what she has to say about them below and go to her site to see about her other work and to see these photos up close and in much better detail.

From the Artist’s site:

peepholes

it is always between two and five o’clock in the afternoon when the model arrives. this is the only time that the natural light is indirect enough and strong enough through my east facing bedroom window. i’ll offer the model a drink, then bring him up to the bedroom and ask him to get undressed. i’ll leave the room for a moment, let him get comfortable in his position on the bed. when i return, i’ll talk for a while–small talk or whatever will ease the tension of the situation–his awkwardness, if he does seem awkward. not all of them do. as i talk i adjust my camera settings. gradually i work my way onto the bed, my camera inching toward that tiny, unremembered crevice at the tip of the appendage between his legs.

i’ll briefly indicate, without touching him, how i want him to hold the tip–delicately tugging the skin back just enough to open up a little more, keeping his fingers just outside the edge of the frame. i’ll zoom in with the macro lens, going deeper in than my eyes would allow me to see. i begin taking photos. i don’t expect the first images to come out very well. the slightest breath, trembling, even a thought will blur the images at that scale. we breathe deeply together. hold our breath. gradually the model relaxes, opens up a little more. i must focus only on the camera frame: the tip perfectly centered, perfectly aligned. finally, in a moment of stillness, where my unwavering will meets his perfect emptiness, the image is captured.

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